These are the frugal things that we have been doing the past few weeks:
– The storm door for my morning room finally got installed last week. We are loving it. The draft that has been there since we moved in is now gone. The installer did a great job putting it in and caulking it with clear caulk both inside and outside sealing any tiny areas that you could see a little bit of light through. It will be interesting to see our next heat bill. It was too cold for me to go outside today to take a picture so I just did it from inside.
– Hubby ordered our filters for our refrigerator online on sale. I think he got 60 or 65% off plus money back from Ebates. Within the next couple of days, they went on sale for 5% more. He called them and nicely asked them to credit us the additional 5%. They did.
– We have earned enough points from our supermarket to get (5) $50. gift cards for just $40. each. I picked up one the other day and will pick up the other 4 tomorrow. We are getting Lowe’s cards because they always come in handy for house projects.
– Hubby is making me a cookbook in a three ring binder. He is using my large photo box of recipes that I have used over and over again. He is entering them one by one into a program that will print them out the size we want. The cookbook will have indexes just like many cookbooks. I am beyond thrilled with this Christmas present. It is something that I have wanted done for a long time. It will have all of my favorites and many that have been passed down through the family. Perhaps, I see a gift for my sons and their families next year.
– I ended up buying three turkeys and one ham on the Thanksgiving sales. Those will give us many cheap meals over the winter.
– We spent a total of $ 1259. for Christmas gifts for family, my hairdresser, the mailman and UPS man, and the newspaper lady. I also put $20. in the Salvation Army kettle in the supermarket. I also included $20. that I always tip my favorite carry out guy at the supermarket. I included the cost of party mix that we will make for Christmas. I am not buying any other special foods for Christmas. I mailed 33 Christmas cards so that was $ 16.50 in postage. The cards were bought a long time ago at 90% off and I don’t remember the price so I am not including the cards. We have spent no gasoline to travel to buy Christmas gifts. Most of the of the gifts were purchased online or were cash. So I think we have done well. We certainly didn’t spend $1000. per person like the Today show supposedly said most people do.
– I have closed off the two extra bedrooms in the house to save on heat even though I was told to never do that by a heating guy. Hubby says that is hogwash. So the doors are closed to those rooms, the heat registers are closed, and the snakes are in front of the doors to seal them up better.
– We continue to use our small appliances to cook meals thereby saving energy.
– I saved $ 5.00 off our grocery bills the last two weeks using a coupon Top’s sent me. I also got free bananas and a lot of them. Some have ripened and been frozen for banana bread.
– We are keeping the energy saving shades down now that it is so cold. They let light in so we don’t need lights during the day unless it is dreary or dark out.
– We have been cooking 99% of our meals cooking at home. Hubby made us a bacon, onion, balsamic vinegar chicken dish a few days ago. It was delicious.
That’s all for now. What have you been doing frugally? Please share with us in comments.
7 replies on “Frugal Things The Past Few Weeks”
Those are really great savings. I think it is wise to close off rooms not used.
Your bacon, onion, balsamic chicken dish sounds fabulous! I've been doing a freezer challenge, and trying to work through a few items/week. It's going well, and helping to create more space.
Hi Hawaii Planner,
Yeah on the freezer challenge. It's great to use up things that have already been purchased.
Hi Liz, this is Chris. It was not a very frugal week here for some things. I got Christmas candy for the stockings and kind of over bought. Kroger was having a 50% off sale before Christmas and I was tempted. It happens to the best of us. I will do my best to portion it out. Some of it I will put in with the packages we make with the cookies and sugared nuts we give our neighbors and friends for Christmas. I mailed over 100 Christmas cards this week. The biggest cost was the postage since the cards and pictures I got at rock bottom prices. We try to send the cards every other year instead of every year to help save on cost. I did my grocery shopping using the grocery ads and coupons this week and stayed in budget for that. We didn't go out to eat this week, but will have our little granddaughter tomorrow night, so I am thinking we may take her out to eat after we go to Sat. church.
50% off is what I usually buy at after Christmas so that was a good deal. Enjoy your granddaughter.
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